Traxxas Land Rover Defender Review





The Traxxas TRX-4 Defender was designed with innovation that instantly changes the status quo with exciting features that offer versatility, and capability. Traxxas Land Rover Defender was built the Traxxas way, rugged, powerful, and ready for action and lots of fun!

My Rating: 4.5 star

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Has an MSRP of $449.99

Portal Axles – The Power of Clearance







Underneath the authentic scale looking body is a machine built for extreme off-road that takes you to new places and new adventures. The Exclusive portal axles deliver maximum ground clearance that dramatically makes the “can’t go there” a “yes it can” with no problem.

Whether you are enjoying the outdoor trails or getting technical on the rocks, the remote-locking front and rear differentials and high/low range transmission on the Defender provide unmatched driving versatility and capability.

The Portal axles give the truck a higher stance. These axles lift the truck at the wheels for huge center pumpkin ground clearance. In order to achieve the same clearance with straight axles, your tires would have to be over an inch taller than the tires on the TRX-4. Gear reduction in the portal axles, rather than the differential, also virtually eliminates annoying torque twist, that can shunt you right off the rocks.

Differentials – Remote Locking

Traxxas allows you to lock and unlock both the front and rear differentials remotely from your transmitter. There is no need to stop the fun to change the differential setting. You can Unlock the differentials to negotiate a tight course without backing up or lock them for ultimate traction. New sleeved micro cables control the differential action for scale appearance, without limiting suspension articulation.

Transmission – High/Low Range

A two-speed transmission comes standard on the TRX-4, rather than an expensive option. When the terrain gets rough and tough, shift into low range for incredible 4WD pulling torque. Shift into high range for blasting down the trail. The TRX-4 Scale and Trail Crawler adapts to any situation or driving style. This makes for a truly unique experience.

GTS Shocks – New Aluminum

The All new oil-filled coil-over GTS shocks were created exclusively for the TRX-4 chassis to smooth out even the roughest terrain. These silver-anodized aluminum shocks deliver silky-smooth damping and feature threaded bodies for easy ride height adjustment.

Adjust the ride height to accommodate for the terrain your conjuring. The convincing scale realism looks great and they perform even better with an O-ring cap seal and dual X-ring shaft seals.

Scale Details

The TRX-4 features a fully licensed and highly detailed Land Rover Defender body. Scale details abound from the detailed front grill and bumper to the functional spare tire in the back. Realistic lighting details, side mirrors, bumpers, and even the included jack all add to the rugged and authentic appearance of this amazing machine.

Frame Rails – Heavy Duty Steel

The TRX-4 Defender uses a thick 1.5mm steel ladder type frame with molded cross members provides exceptional torsional rigidity to resist even the worst chassis twisting articulation. This extremely rigid backbone lets the suspension do the work it was designed to do.

You’ll feel the difference on trails where the elimination of chassis flex allows for precise wheel placement when navigating the roughest and most technical terrain. This allows the tires to grip tight on more surface areas for a truly remarkable experience.

Powerful – 3S Power System

The new XL-5 HV electronic speed control brings 3S LiPo capability to the Defender for stronger, more efficient running. The powerful brushed 21T Titan motor provides serious torque to tackle the steepest climbs and all-out speed on flat terrain. This efficient power system provides up to 2 hours of run time with a Traxxas 3S 5000mAh ID LiPo battery pack.

Traxxas Defender – Features:

Officially Licensed Land Rover Defender Body: Injection molded scale details including grill, snorkel, and side mirrors, Rugged, functional roll cage, Tough fender flares, Front bumper with tow hooks and replica winch, Rear bumper with scale accessories and functional spare tire, Full Nylon composite wheel wells, and floor pans.

Trail-tuned XL-5 HV Waterproof Electronic Speed Control: Fully waterproof design.

Five drive profiles: Crawl Mode — forward / instant reverse – no neutral with 100% hill holding brake

Trail Mode — forward / brake/reverse / with trail-tuned drag brake in neutral

Training Mode™ — 50% forward / 100% brake / 50% reverse

Race Mode — forward / brake / no reverse

Sport Mode — forward / brake / reverse

Traxxas EZ-Set one-button setup: Efficient and large heat sink, Wide voltage latitude 6–7 cell NiMH and 2–3S LiPo, Two-stage low voltage protection (LVD)

Motor Powerful Titan 21T:

Reverse rotation motor with internal cooling fan,

Precision, preset gear mesh adjustments, Motor retention separate from gear mesh

Portal Axles: Increase ground clearance (3.14”), Eliminate torque twist, Steel gears, Improve axle geometry and reduce strain on driveshafts, Improves performance and durability.

Rigid Steel Frame: 1.5mm thick steel ladder frame rails increase torsional rigidity.

Innovative design: Allows for, four wheelbase positions (300mm, 312mm, 324mm, 336mm)
Adjustable rear shock tower positions for SWB and LWB configurations, Bumpers adjust before and after Rugged rock rails adjust for width, Wire routing clips integrated into frame rails.

Drivetrain Full-time shaft drove 4-wheel drive: Tough 6mm stub axles, Steel front CV driveshafts, Hardened steel rear axle shafts, Remote locking steel gear differentials with cable-actuation, Steel gear transfer case.

Innovative Battery Compartment: Hinged battery strap allows quick and easy battery access,

No pins to lose
Accommodates different height batteries, Accepts full-size long battery packs, Integrated compartment accepts smaller 1/16 scale batteries (with optional strap).

Transmission Two Speed: high/low range with remote shifting, Dual horizontal shafts, Twin friction plate slipper clutch
Easily removed for servicing

Chassis mounted Steering:

2075X metal gear digital servo,

Superior 45° steering angle, Direct steering, Steering geometry corrected for bump steer.

Front Suspension— 3 links with Panhard

Rear Suspension — Triangulated 4 link
Heavy-duty rod ends with steel hollow balls, 5mm diameter steel link rods with 4mm threaded ends.

Aluminum GTS Shocks: Oil-filled coil-over GTS shocks exclusive to TRX-4 chassis,

Silver-anodized aluminum bodies, Threaded bodies with collars to easily adjust ride height, Silky smooth damping for the toughest trails, O-ring cap seal and dual X-ring shaft seals.

Wheels and Tires:

1.9” Canyon Trail tires with trail-tuned foam inserts,

Pre-glued and mounted to tough black scale wheels, Trail tuned S1 rubber compound, 12mm steel hex.

TQI Transmitter: 2.4GHz 4-channel transmitter,

Traxxas Link enabled
Telemetry ready #6533 5-channel micro receiver, with fail-safe
Automatically stores and loads settings for up to 30 Traxxas Link-enabled models, Exclusive Cruise Control feature for extended trail driving,

Adjustable steering and throttle sensitivity (exponential)
Adjustable steering and throttle endpoints, High 13ms frame rate and near-zero latency for responsive control.

Patented O-Ring sealed watertight receiver box keeps the micro receiver dry

Sealed Ball Bearings

Defender – Specifications

Length: 23.07 inches

Weight: 7.43 lbs

Height: 11.48 inches

Wheelbase: 12.75 inches

Ground Clearance: 3.14 inches

Shock length: 3.54 inches

Track (F+R): 9.78 inches

Wheel Size: 1.9 x 1.02 inches

Tire Size: 4.64 x 1.89 inches

What’s Included In The Box:

Ready to Race TRX-4 Defender model

XL-5 HV power system

A 2.4GHz 4-channel radio system

High-quality tools

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What do you think about the Traxxas Land Rover Defender? Leave a comment below, “I’d” like to hear your thoughts.

2 thoughts on “Traxxas Land Rover Defender Review

  1. I have always thought about getting a crawler. i have always stayed with off road bashers. i lke the looks and setup of the traxxas defender. it has a bunch of awesome features too, i just not sure if i wold be appy with a crawler. thanks for the info though.


    1. Hello Chris,
      Whether you would be happy or not depends on your style of running. If you like faster speeds and the ability to jump, then a crawler may not be for you. If you like to change things up every now and then, speed and jumps for a bit then slower speed and climbing over stuff then you would be happy. Hope this helps.


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